The Mark Helfrich era kicks off Aug. 31 when Oregon hosts Nicholls State. IT also the first of nine non-conference games the PAC-12 will face FCS schools. Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2013 PAC-12 Know the Opponent: FCS Teams Part I

Before we start the 2013 edition of the PAC-12 Know the Opponent series for football, we’re going to approach it a little differently. Starting off we’ll take a look at the Football Championship Series (FCS) schools on the schedule. Since there are nine we’ll look at half in this edition and the other in the next.

There are nine FCS schools on the schedule instead of splitting them alphabetically I’ll split them up by records. Here is part one with Nicholls State Colonels (1-10/0-7 Southland), Idaho State Bengals (1-10/0-8 Big Sky), Weber State Wildcats (2-9, 2-6 Big Sky), Portland State Vikings (3-8/2-6 Big Sky) and Southern Utah Thunderbirds (5-6/4-4 Big Sky).

Nicholls State – 2012: 1-10 and 0-7 in the Southland Conference last season, they’ll appear on the schedule when they travel to Eugene on Saturday August, 31 against Oregon. The game can be seen on Fox Sports 1 at 1 pm.
Colonels 2013 schedule: Aug. 31 @Oregon, Sept. 7 @Western Michigan, Sept. 14 @Louisiana-Lafayette, Sept. 21 v. Langston, Sept. 28 v. Arkansas Tech, Oct. 12 v. Northwestern State, Oct. 19 @Stephen F. Austin, Oct. 26 v. McNeese State, Nov. 2 @Lamar, Nov. 9 @Sam Houston State, Nov. 16 v. Central Arkansas, Nov. 21 @Southeastern Louisiana

Idaho State – 2012: 1-10 and 0-8 in the Big Sky Conference, the Bengals travel to Seattle on Saturday September 21 at a time to be determined to face Washington. Fans can find this match-up also on Fox Sports 1.
Bengals 2013 schedule: Sept. 7 v. Dixie State, Sept. 14 v. Western State, Sept. 21 @Washington, Sept. 28 @UC Davis, Oct. 5 v. North Dakota, Oct. 12 v. Northern Colorado, Oct. 19 @Northern Arizona, Oct. 26 @Southern Utah, Nov. 2 Eastern Washington, Nov. 9 v. Portland State, Nov. 16 @BYU, Nov. 23 @Weber State

Weber State – 2012: 2-9 and 2-6 in the Big Sky, you’ll see them Saturday September 7 when they travel to Salt Lake City against Utah. This will be a PAC-12 Network game kicking off at noon.
Wildcats 2013 schedule: Aug. 31 v. Stephen F. Austin, Sept. 7 @Utah, Sept. 14 @Utah State, Sept. 21 @ McNeese State, Sept. 28 v. Sacramento State, Oct. 5 @Eastern Washington, Oct. 12 @Cal Poly, Oct. 19 v. Montana State, Nov. 2 @Portland State, Nov. 9 v. Southern Utah, Nov. 16 @Montana, Nov. 23 v. Idaho State

Portland State – 2012: 3-8 and 2-6 Big Sky, they make a trip to Berkeley also on September 7 against California. Kickoff is at 3 pm on the PAC-12 Network.
Vikings 2013 schedule: Aug. 29 v. Eastern Oregon, Sept. 7 @California, Sept. 14 v. Humboldt State, Sept. 21 v. UC Davis, Sept. 28 v. Cal Poly, Oct. 5 @Montana, Oct. 12 @Southern Utah, Oct. 26 North Dakota, Nov. 2 v. Weber State, Nov. 9 @Idaho State, Nov. 16 v. Sacramento State, Nov. 23 @Eastern Washington

Southern Utah – 2012: 5-6 and 4-4 Big Sky, fans will see them Saturday September 14 when they’re in Pullman against Washington State. Kickoff is still TBD but they game will be on the PAC-12 Network.
Thunderbirds 2013 schedule: Aug. 29 @South Alabama, Sept. 7 v. Fort Lewis, Sept. 14 @Washington State, Sept. 21 v. Sacramento State, Sept. 28 @Northern Colorado, Oct. 5 v. UC Davis, Oct. 12 v. Portland State, Oct. 19 @Eastern Washington, Oct. 26 v. Idaho State, Nov. 9 v. @Weber State, Nov. 16 @Montana State, Nov. 23 v. Northern Arizona

Friday we’ll preview these four FCS teams, Sacramento State Hornets (6-5, 4-4 Big Sky), Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (8-3, 6-2 Big Sky), Central Arkansas Bears (9-3, 6-1 Southland), Eastern Washington Eagles (11-3, 7-1 Big Sky)


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